Dwight Gayle has the picture of his goal at Villa Park last Christmas proudly hanging on his wall at home and the memories are still very clear of the moment his strike gave the side a vital 1-0 victory.
"I just remember all the three subs on the day wanting to get on and prove ourselves and luckily as it worked out all of us were involved in the goal. It was special for each of us and as the result took us
out of the relegation zone and gave us all something to build on."
This is not the only game in Palace colours that the striker has got his name on the score-sheet after coming on from the bench and Dwight knows as a striker if you are on the bench you have to be ready to play
your part in the action at any time.
"If you are not starting but have been given a place on the bench you know as the game goes on the manager will have in his mind that you can come on and play a part in changing the game. When I come
on I always believe I can score a goal if I get the chance. As a striker you want to score goals and play your part in a positive result so if it is from the first whistle or off the bench I want to be there to take a
chance if it comes along."
When he arrives at Villa Park on New Year's Day Dwight is sure to recall that strike which he ranks number one in his list of goals for The Eagles.
"In my time at Palace that was definetly my best goal for impact on the club's league position and as it gave us a vital win I would say it have to be the one that is a bit extra special. I have the picture of the goal at home and one that whatever happens in
my career will always be looked upon on with a real special feeling."
Last season the win took us out of the bottom three and a similar result this time around could well have the same effect and Dwight wants to put behind him the disappointing recent home result against Paul Lambert's side.
"We go into the game back in the relegation zone so it would be great to get the same result as last Christmas and get us out of it. Having only just played them at home at the start of December we know what to expect and as a group we
were really disappointed to come out of that game with a defeat. Those that saw the match at Selhurst would, I am sure, agree that we deserved more and really on the back of that game we can go into this one at the start of a new year with a positive attitude to our
play knowing how well we played against them."